Prelate Welcomes Armenian Catholic Church Eparch

Mardirossian and Mouradian lead vespers at the Prelacy

LA CRESCENTA—Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian welcomed at the Prelacy Bishop Mikael Mouradian, the newly named Eparch of the Armenian Catholic Church for the USA and Canada on Wednesday.

Bishop Mouradian was accompanied by Rector of St. Gregory Catholic Church Very Rev. Fr. Krikor Chahinian, Principal of Mekhitarian School Very Rev. Fr. Tavit Ghazarian, and Ladies Auxiliary Chair Marijan Harmandayan. Joining the Prelate were Religious Council Chair Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, Crescenta Valley Church Pastor Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian, and Executive Council Chair Mrs. Rima Boghossian.

Bishop Mouradian was installed as Eparch nearly two months ago, following the retirement of Bishop Manuel Batakian. This was the first official visit of Bishop Mouradian to Los Angeles following his installation as Eparch. On Saturday, December 17th, a welcoming reception and “Hrashapar” service was held in his honor at St. Gregory Catholic Church in Glendale, which the Prelate participated in.

The visit began at the “Sulahian” Reception Hall. The Prelate first congratulated Bishop Mouradian on his appointment, then gave an overview of the endeavors of the Prelacy. A discussion was held on collaboration between denominations, and issues of general concern to the Armenian community. Bishop Mouradian also gave an overview of the endeavors and mission of the Eparchy, from Canada to California.

The guests were then escorted to the “St. Dertad and St. Ashkhen” Chapel for a joint prayer. Bishop Mouradian and guests were then familiarized with the departments of the Prelacy, after which they were hosted to lunch by the Prelate.

The visit concluded with an exchange of mementos.

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